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Disabled woman hits out over path work

PUBLISHED: 14:43 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:39 03 July 2010

Lorraine Butt is pictured at the end of her driveway indicating the grass triangle.

Lorraine Butt is pictured at the end of her driveway indicating the grass triangle.

A DISABLED Gorleston woman said she can no longer get out of her drive after the creation of a cycle path left an area of grass obstructing her exit.

Lorraine Butt, 65, of Burgh Road, said she could not reverse her Nissan Almera without hitting the concrete verge surrounding the triangle of grass.

A DISABLED Gorleston woman said she can no longer get out of her drive after the creation of a cycle path left an area of grass obstructing her exit.

Lorraine Butt, 65, of Burgh Road, said she could not reverse her Nissan Almera without hitting the concrete verge surrounding the triangle of grass.

She said the situation had made it hard for her to visit hospital to receive treatment for her debilitating conditions which include cervical spondylosis, angina and asthma.

She said: “Life is hard enough. We don't need to negotiate obstacle courses as well do we really? Without my car I am lost.

“I have not been out for a fortnight because it is so hard to get in and out with the driveway like that.”

The main problem is parking in her driveway as drivers have to reverse in from Burgh Road so they are facing the road as it is too dangerous to reverse out into traffic. However, it is difficult to avoid hitting the grass triangle when reversing.

Mrs Butt, who lives with husband Robert, a central heating engineer and her son, added the triangle used to be much thinner and sat comfortably in between her neighbour's driveway and her own without obstructing the entrance.

Her solution was for the county council to remove the grass triangle altogether.

County council spokesman John Birchall said the £200,000 widening work aimed to create a cycle path for pupils heading to Wroughton Primary School as part of a new initiative encouraging children to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

He added the site agent Kevin Dowe would be visiting Mrs Butt's home to survey the situation and decide what action to take.

“We are trying to make improvements suitable for everyone to enable children to get to school. It is going to benefit everyone else as well and that is the principle reason for it.”


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